About Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

Direct importers of mussels from Prince Edward Island and oysters that taste like you're kissing the sea.

Happy Hour specials 7 nights a week at the bar and counter only.

5:30-7PM Monday-Friday
5:00PM-7PM Saturday and Sunday

174 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Tues - Thurs 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm Sunday 5:00-10:00

Cross Street:
Between 3rd and Lexington Avenues

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 717-7772

Website:
http://www.flexmusselsny.com/

Public Transit:
4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street, and M79 and M86 buses to 3rd Avenue.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please join us for $20 all you can eat mussels, fries, and one draft beer from 5:30-7PM every night at the bar and counter only. Choice of Fra Diavolo, Dijon or Classic.

Flex Mussels - 82nd Street Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
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Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

ONE OF THE BEST PLACES FOR MUSSELS IN NYC. OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF CHOICES OF PREPARATIONS OF MUSSELS DISHES - PERFECTLY PREPARED AND HIGH QUALITY. OFFERS A COUPLE OF ITEMS FOR NON-SHELLFISH EATERS IN A GROUP (BUT YOU WOULDN'T GO THERE FOR ALTERNATIVE CHOICES UNLESS YOU'RE COMMITTED TO DINING WITH A GROUP OF MUSSELS LEVERS). GOOD FRIES TOO BUT THE TRUFFLE OIL-CHEESE SPECIAL OPTION FOR A COUPLE $$ EXTRA WAS DISAPPOINTINGLY SOGGY. POPULAR, TRENDY OVERCROWDED & NOISY PLACE BUT WE STILL ENJOY GOING THERE.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great selection of mussel flavors. My Fra Diablo lobster mussels were delicious. Shared delicious appetizer - crabmeat guacamole. The only issue was that entrees were delivered too soon, more time was needed to enjoy the appetizer. Gracious service. Server made great wine recommendation. The place smells just great! Tables are close together, but it was fun chatting with fellow diners.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Six of us had a delicious and very well served meal
We will return soon and tell all our friends!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Casual Cool hip atmosphere. Food is delicious. Crab guacamole w fresh warm chips was a perfect appetizer for 4 of us. We all had mussels in different broth. All 4 fabulous. Dessert was. out of this world a selection of 6 different fillings inside warm, “just made” donuts.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love, love, love.

This is one of my favorite places on the Upper East Side. Always great service, great food, and great 80's music.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, service and fun!!

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 (London)·Dined on January 12, 2018

In general, a good meal, but the atmosphere was a bit hectic. The mussels were ok, however, the bacon was too much! Wine, fine; dessert, ok.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I love this restaurant! Service is always gracious and friendly. Servers really know the menu and can describe all the many variations on the theme of mussels. Plus - the donuts are warm and mandatory.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This place reached a plateau early, and fortunately for all of us it hasn't retreated much. My only comment would be that I used to get more mussels; they are still phenomenal, but just not as many as earlier in my experience here. Great everything. Get mussels (Uh, yeah?) and do not leave without donuts. Great cocktails, good wines, nearly perfect oysters and mussels.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I've been to Flex Mussels several times and never disappointed. This visit was a particular highlight for two reasons. The first was "The Number 23" mussels done for New Year's Eve. It was a decadent champagne and truffle broth and so delicious that my fiancée and kept the bowl long after we finished the mussels just to eat the broth itself like a soup. The second was Rebecca, our server, who was awesome.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great casual seafood restaurant.

The tables were small and tight, but it was a lively fun place.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always delicious. Amatraciana and fungi perfection. Truffle fries a must. Ceviche delicious. Burnt fingers good, but only because of dipping sauce. Spicy tequila drink. Excellent meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Bed mussels in NYC

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

great food...choices...ambiance...service....fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food is great, atmosphere energetic, indeed, but can get overpowered by noise of tipsy ppl starting to scream over each other and the music. As long as you don’t mind LOUD! then you’ll like it. It’s a fun spot to get together with friends and restaurant manager Inga was gracious and professional while running Friday night’s busy operation, plus she was playing DJ with an incredible fun oldies from Disco golden hits from Europe: we were dancing in our seats! Lol

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Service was phenomenal. Made me a cocktail that wasn’t on the menu with no issue. Had fried oysters for an app which were great but on the pricey side for amount you get. I had the Fungi Mussels which were so savory, really delicious. Wanted to try the donuts but too full!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Very nice service. Tight quarters. Skimpy drinks. Food was very good. Wish they would do a "sampler" of mussels.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Wonderfully delicious wow .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2017

If you like mussels, you can't go wrong here. They prepare mussels many different ways and it's fun to share so you can sample some of the varieties. If anyone in your party does not eat mussels, or fish for that matter, they have a delicious chicken entree. Service is always spot on and the tab is reasonable for NYC. The homemade donuts are a must - several different fillings to choose from accompanied by a delicious dipping sauce. Flex is one of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

First time dining at Flex. Enjoyed from beginning to end.

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Great service. Great seafood.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We always order the Bombay Mussels, and truffle fries. The mussels were particularly delicious. I only order them there because they are always so fresh.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2017

Great waiter, very good food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2017

Everything was great. The staff was so kind and helpful. They have us their recommendations and checked on our table throughout the night. I was very impressed with both the food and the service. I would highly recommend this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Flex Mussels was a great place for date night. The atmosphere is lively and loud so it forced me and my husband to really focus on our own conversation-- great listening exercise! The food was the star. We ordered oysters for our app, and they were fresh and briny and $1 each (during our Happy Hour visit). We also enjoyed two other apps: the flex fries and a fried platter that included oysters, shrimp, and calamari-- so good. The mussels, however, were our least favorite. We got the Dijon mussels and they were just ok--perhaps we should have tried a different preparation and the mussels were small. We didn't hate it, but we certainly enjoyed our apps much more.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Sooo delicious. A bit pricey and very loud but so good.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Sat us next to the kitchen with my chair in the doorway to the kitchen
There isn't a door closing the kitchen off ~
so I listened to smashing dishes and off the chart noise for the entire dinner.
The manager couldn't care less. Said everyone has reservations (as did we) and walked away.

Waitress was sweet and excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Love it. The waiter we had was a little pushy but overall it was a great experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Better if you like mussels (but great alternatives), if you do and never experienced mussels in a Thai recipe or mussels with San Daniele prosciutto, then you should go.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Food was delicious and service was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2017

The best mussels around...and leave room for the donuts...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Great but super expensive! Worth it though! Three us of had 3 moules pot, just one app, fries and one beer bill 200 dollars!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

I have looked forward to a meal at Flex for a long time. Sadly, my husband doesn't like mussels, so I thought brunch was our best option. That said, I can't speak to their dinner service.

Brunch cost us $91 for one drink each, one shared app, and one entree each. Incredibly expensive considering. First, my $10 Bellini didn't even fill half the glass. For that price, I should have opted for the hour long, $25 bottomless. For almost half that price, I got almost half a drink. The avo toast was good, so I was at least optimistic for the entrees.

My husband ordered the huevos rancheros, which just tasted so smokey, he barely ate it. I tried it and spit out the sausage. It was like chewing on propane. I ordered the classic mussels, which I looked forward to, but was disappointed in. The broth was very watery and had little flavor. It lacked salt or any seasoning that would make a pot of mussels enjoyable enough to sop up with bread. My only guess was that because they serve so many mussels regularly, quality control is not existent. Sorry to sound harsh, but I was literally dipping bread in what tasted like water.

So, for $91, I was completely jarred. For that price, I will unfortunately not be going back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Fresh mussels flown in daily from PEI -- great wines by the glass, delightful and helpful staff.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2017

The downtown outpost was booked so took the trip uptown. Took some out-of-towners and they were impressed. Food came out at the right times and downright t.a.s.t.y. Way to flex your mussels! Thanks for a great evening.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Nice neighborhood place for a fun, hearty, delicious meal

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

The mussels and cocktails were delicious!! I would definitely go again

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Love the food:mussels!
We tried different plates and were all happy, great taste. Not a fancy plce, but nice.
Good service.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Such a fun atmosphere and great fish! We loved the servers and menu options too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2017

Best fresh doughnuts ever, hot from the fryer and a great dipping sauce. Choice of different fillings. Oh the mussels choices are limited to ONLY 23, 23 being the daily special. Don't worry there is something for the land lovers. Don't forget the fries!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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